The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and Saferworld invite you to a lunch-time update on:
Grasping the tension between CT, CVE and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Counter-terror, Stabilisation and Statebuilding Policy
Tuesday 22 March 2016, 12:30 -14:00
Geneva, Maison de la Paix, Auditorium A2
Counter violent extremism (CVE) has become an important policy trend in recent years to address perpetrators and underlying conditions of violence inspired by radical Islamist agendas. Yet many peacebuilding professionals remain ambivalent about CVE, fearing the securitization of community-based approaches and the deviation from non-violent principles of engagement. This lunch-time seminar offers the opportunity for an open exchange on the tensions between counter-terrorism (CT), CVE and peacebuilding based on new evidence produced by Saferworld that takes stock of 15 years of counter-terror, stabilization and statebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. The reports conclude that Western approaches to counter-terrorism, stabilization, and statebuilding have been counter-productive – and could be improved by focusing strategically on peace, relying less on the military, taking a tougher line on bad governance and working more closely with society. How does this new evidence base inform our understanding of the tensions between CT, CVE and peacebuilding practice?
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- Larry Attree, Head of Policy, Saferworld, London
- Sunil Suri, Policy Coordinator, Saferworld, London
- Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Director of Operations, Justice Rapid Response
- Carl Ungerer, Head, Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
- Saferworld (2016) A New War on Terror or a New search for Peace? Learning the Lessons of Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. London - http://www.saferworld.org.uk/resources/view-resource/1034-a-new-war-on-terror-or-a-new-search-for-peace-learning-the-lessons-of-afghanistan-somalia-and-yemen
- Alliance for Peacebuilding (2015) Countering Violent Extremism, Washington DC, http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AfP-CVE-Policy-Brief.pdf
- Alliance for Peacebuilding (2015) Theories of Change on Counter Terrorism, Counterinsurgency and Preventing Violent Extremism, Washington DC - http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FINAL-2015-CT-COIN-Theories-of-Change.pdf
- Maz K. Modirzadeh, "If it's Broken, Don't Make it Worse", Lawfare, 23 January 2016, https://www.lawfareblog.com/if-its-broke-dont-make-it-worse-critique-un-secretary-generals-plan-action-prevent-violent-extremism.
- Scott Atran (2011) Talking to the Enemy: Religion, Brotherhood and the (Un)Making of Terrorists. Harper Collins.
- Audrey Cronin (2011) How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns. Princeton University Press.
- Seth Jones and Martin Libicki (2008) How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida. RAND Corporation. Available at http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG741-1.pdf.
- Jonathan Powell (2015) Terrorists at the Table: Why Negotiation is the Only Way to Peace. Palgrave MacMillan.
- I. William Zartman and Guy Olivier Faure, eds (2011) Engaging Extremists: Trade Offs, Timing and Diplomacy. United States Institute of Peace.